As followers of Jesus, we want to participate in the work that he has given us to do here in our neighborhoods. Our goal is to make a difference every day in the lives of people who are in need in our community by sharing the love of Christ in words and deeds. We do this through the development of strategic partnerships with local social service agencies in our community. We support these agencies by raising up advocates that act as liaisons between their agency and the church, educate our members of the needs, and provide opportunities for people to become involved.
Christ Church has developed partnerships with local social service agencies that have a proven track record of effectively serving those in need in our community. They provide expertise in their respective fields and we come alongside them to provide resources and the love of Christ.
We partner with Meadows Elementary School in Plano to provide practical needs and mentoring for children.
Meadows contends with extreme poverty and racial division in Plano. We are building a response plan in conjunction with BridgeBuilders, an experienced urban mission organization, to help the children of Meadows and ultimately address poverty in Plano as a whole.
Most recently we partnered with local families and teachers to construct an irrigated garden on the property of the school. It serves two purposes: teachers will instruct children on how to care for the plants and grow their own food, and the garden itself will yield food for children.
Christ Church partners with Plano Community Homes, a housing development serving low-income senior adults, by providing on-site worship services for the residents once a month. These services are led by a volunteer team from Christ Church and supported by our clergy.
All of the elements of a Christ Church service can be provided to the residents: a bulletin, scripture readings, a homily, the prayer for birthdays, Holy Communion, and beautiful music provided by our volunteers (or, on occasion, by the residents themselves!). After the service, our team provides food and fellowship to the residents, many of whom have few family or friends who visit.
The volunteer ministry at Plano Community Homes is looking to expand to new locations and offer more services each year. To do so, they will need to double their current volunteer base. If you find joy in bringing companionship and hope to seniors below the poverty level, please contact the volunteer coordinator, Bob Gehbauer, to get involved.
Starting in February of 2016, Christ Church Plano partnered with Julia’s Clinic – a non-profit medical clinic in east Plano. Through the efforts of several Christ Church members, this inter-faith organization supports the uninsured in south Collin County. The clinic’s staff is made up of doctors, nurse practitioners, and non-healthcare volunteers with a heart for treating those in need.
The clinic is available to any Collin Country resident 18 years or older with no insurance, disability, Medicare, Medicaid or any other government assisted healthcare coverage. Operating hours are Thursday evenings, 5 – 9 p.m.
If you are a physician or nurse practitioner and feel led to join this volunteer team, contact Jeff Reaves, Christ Church Outreach Coordinator.
Our goal is to get every person in the congregation involved in reaching out to others in our community. Throughout the year we organize events that will allow our members to share their giftedness and resources with others. For more information on any of the events listed below, contact The Rev. Toni Brown.
Each Thanksgiving Christ Church collects food for the needy in our community. This involves a large number of people, from the monetary donors to the volunteers who sort and distribute the food to the folks who coordinate the entire event.
Many individuals, families, and small groups use the Angel Tree Project as a way to express Christ’s love during the Christmas season, through the donation of time and effort and gifts. Local agencies supply us with gift wishes of children and adults in our community. The wishes are then written on small paper angels and hung as Christmas decorations on Christmas trees located around the campus.
This is a big project that involves a lot of people of all ages: people who coordinate with the individual agencies on gift wishes, volunteers who decorate the angel ornaments, participate in tree set-up and trimming, staffers at each Angel Tree at all worship services, gift sorters and deliverers, and administrative helpers.
Each July, we collect school supplies for children in our community whose families are economically struggling. Local agencies distribute the supplies and provide our congregation the opportunity to help sort and distribute these supplies in late July and early August. In addition, we provide lunch, crafts and games for students of Boyd Elementary in Allen for a week in the summer for children who would qualify for free lunch program during the school year. Participating in a network of churches that provide meals each week throughout the summer, our volunteers help prepare and serve lunch, as well as do crafts and games with the children.
In the Great Commission Jesus calls his followers to make disciples of all nations. Through missions we work to build up the worldwide church and to mobilize the people and resources of our local parish to respond. This is accomplished by developing a multi-pronged strategy that will impact the world. We provide opportunities for people to experience and respond to a call for missions, integrate missions into the life of the church so people have a global perspective of the Kingdom and provide leadership to the broader church. We also partner with Compassion International to provide tangible care for kids in need around the world.
Christ Church seeks to raise up and support long term missionaries who are called by God to His Great Commission. Our goal is to encourage, equip and enable these missionaries to fulfill their role in world missions. Throughout recent years, Christ Church members have stepped out to answer God’s call around the world.
Samantha Green has been a missionary with Youth With a Mission (YWAM) since 1997. As a single mom, she raised her daughter, Lyxee, while she served as a missionary in Tyler, TX with Living Alternatives. Living Alternatives is a ministry of YWAM-Tyler to young unwed pregnant women. Samantha is the Graphic Designer, using her gifts and her BFA in Graphic Design, to serve Living Alternatives. She also spends time with the residents teaching and doing bible studies.
Dustin and Lyxee Frugé are on staff with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) Tyler. Lyxee grew up as “missionary kid” in YWAM Tyler. Recently having been married, they are excited about joining their lives together. Currently, Lyxee is working at Fatherheart Ministries, a home for girls in crisis pregnancy. Dustin is involved with the missionary training schools by working with small groups and leading worship. Lyxee and Dustin both feel that God has called them into a ministry with children and youth in the areas of counseling and encouragement. They are both excited about how and when God will lead them into this ministry as they are serving Him through YWAM Tyler.
Christ Church encourages you to participate in a short term mission. Participation can be demonstrated in a number of ways. Some are called to go and some are called to be senders. Both have equal importance.
Short-term trips are usually 1 to 2 weeks in length and are guided by a Christ Church team leader or an approved mission agency. Qualifications will vary depending on the mission, but the most significant requirement is the desire to be a team player and to possess a servant’s heart.
The Rev. Jeff Rawn
Marriage & Pastoral Care
The Rev. Toni Brown
Director of Finance